The Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) has been linked to cases of uterine perforation, according to the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP. Mirena is a device that is used as a long-term form of contraception. It is a small, t-shaped plastic device attached to strings and is inserted into the uterus for up to five years at a time. While implanted, it releases the hormone levonorgestrel. According to some reports, Mirena can puncture, or perforate the uterine wall. This can lead to a number of serious complications, including unintended pregnancy.
Reports indicate that Mirena can perforate the walls of the uterus, most often when it is implanted. In some cases, the device can go through the uterus and become embedded in other areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hip and even the chest cavity; surgery is often needed to remove the device. Parker Waichman recently filed one such lawsuit on behalf of an Indiana woman who received Mirena and needed an operative laparoscopy when a CT scan showed that the IUD had become lodged in the abdominal wall.
Uterine wall perforation in Mirena users can also lead to an intrauterine pregnancy, because once the device migrates from its original location it may not be effective. Moreover, women who become pregnant while an IUD is implanted have a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy. Mirena users should regularly check to make sure strings are in place to ensure that the device has not relocated.